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A DAY IN MY LIFE

HEY FRIENDS! It AGAIN has been a while since I have written in this space, but gosh darn, life just has a way of becoming super busy and I have to sometimes choose what is a top priority in my life and unfortunately, sometimes this space gets put on the back burner. I wish that wasn’t the case, but it just happens. And this blog post seems appropriate, because then you can kind of get a glimpse into why I do not have as much time to write as much as I would like to. TRUTH - I also do not want to force my posts, because if I have to force it, it doesn’t feel real to me. But when that inspiration comes and I feel the urge to write, I just do it. That inspiration came at 6:00 AM on Thursday morning and it is when I finally was ready to finish this post and have it go LIVE.

A DAY IN MY LIFE

SO...With that being said...

What exactly does a typical day look like for a Social Media Specialist, Fitness and Lifestyle Influencer? It is non-stop, a little kookie, a little messy, very unpredictable, but I LOVE what I do and I LOVE the clients that I represent, and the lifestyle that my profession allows me to live. I do get asked a lot, what is it that I REALLY do and I think I can save that for another post, because it is a mouthful. Let’s just start with what a day to day schedule looks like for me on a Typical Tuesday!

5:15 - 5:30 AM - I wake up and start brewing that first cup of coffee. It is definitely still dark out, but I like this quiet time in the morning. It is peaceful and I will usually light a candle, and do some tidying up in the kitchen, while I wait for my coffee. Shannon is still sleeping and Lucy usually comes over by my desk and snores away, but, of course, is ALWAYS by my side.

5:30 AM - 7:00 AM - I start working. I check and respond to all emails on each one of my accounts. I check and respond to all social media platforms. I LOVE this time to work, because no one else is awake and no one can respond to me, so I leave for my workout with a clean slate. B O O M!

7:15 AM - 10:15 AM - I leave for downtown to head to The Works! I sweat it out for a double session and it is AMAZING! It is my favorite way to start my morning.I leave it ALL on that mat and get my strength, cardio, and stretch workouts in and I feel like a rock star! It is intense and a hot sweaty mess, but my head and heart are clear and I am ready to tackle the day.

A DAY IN MY LIFE

10:30 AM - 4:00 PM - I come home, shower, and start working. Once, I sit down at my computer it is game on and I am focused and just get in the groove to doing it all. Emails, ordering, posting, engaging, scheduling, creating, inspiring, and just tackling as much as my brain can handle. I typically eat at my desk...I may even do some meal prep while working, so I get up and take a mental break...I might even do some random cleaning...take Lucy out for some fresh air. Sometimes, if I super focused and in the zone, I can just plow through these hours and get the job DONE.

A DAY IN MY LIFE

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM - I need a BREAK! Depending on how my body is feeling, I will either walk Lucy for a quick 30-minute walk or I will run some errands. This is typically the time of day, I am running to the post office to return items I bought online...I’m notorious for always returning things! GAH!

4:30 - 7:00 PM - I am back and it is time to “try” and shut things down. I will check all my emails again and go through the whole routine that I do earlier in the day. I am typically trying to whip something up for dinner, which is never complicated or glamorous. I am honestly usually so DONE by the end of the day, that dinners at home are so easy and thrown into a bowl or plate. So while, the sweet potatoes are roasting, I will be working, doing some things around the condo, or scrolling.

7:30 PM - It is typically when I eat dinner and FINALLY feel like I have accomplished everything on my list of stuff to do. I am done with the computer, but I will spend at least 1 more hour working for my clients on their accounts and mine, but by 9:00 PM that is it...DONE DONE AND DONE! It is time to read, or watch my shows, unwind, and try to fall asleep.

My job is non-stop and I am always scrolling, liking, responding, posting, and trying to make sure I am representing my clients and myself the best way possible. It can be stressful and hard, but at the end of the day I truly love every second of it and grateful that I am able to do this day in and day out.

With that being said, Saturday I am FULLY disconnecting for the weekend! I may pop in here and there and share some IG stories, but it’s going to be a busy weekend and I want to be present with the ones I love and enjoy the moments that don’t revolve around social media.

Have a beautiful Easter weekend and see y’all soon! xoxo

LIFE LATELY

Oh HEY!!! Did y’all miss me?!?!?! Life...Work...Traveling...LOTS of Work...it has kept me away from this space. I have missed it. I have missed being able to just write and share and give you the updates on my life, love, growing pains, the ups...the downs, the simple things, food, fitness, and the list goes on and on. There just hasn’t been time and I have also had serious writer’s block. I always think I have time to write and then I would try to write and then all of my inboxes were full and well at this time in my life, my clients come first.

It is what it is, but the creative juices are flowing...I’m feeling energized...I’m feeling inspired...I’m looking forward to focusing on me. YES, it is time to be a little selfish, because I am definitely a giver and I have been giving a lot. It’s time to nourish ME. So grab that big ass cup of coffee and let’s talk...I’m ready...are YOU?

Life Lately

What I am Reading - A little bit of this and that! I always have a book on my nightstand. I LOVE to read as it helps me decompress at the end of the day and it also helps me to stop looking at my phone. But I do truly enjoy curling up in bed and just flipping the pages to a easy read. And YES I am still the lady who enjoys flipping the pages and going to the library. I weirdly like getting emails from the library letting me know that my book on hold is available for pick up.

I just picked up “Beartown: A Novel” at the library and cannot wait to dive in, as I read his other books “A Man Called Ove” and “My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She’s Sorry”.

What I am Enjoying - Long walks out on Sullivan’s Island with Lucy...weather permitting of course! Cooler nights, so I am able to curl up on the couch in a sweatshirt and blankets and watch TV with Shannon. Holiday parties...There are a lot coming up and it’s time to get festive, dress up, and have some fun...Eggnog lattes anyone?!?!? Connecting with some badass, inspiring, fearless female entrepreneurs with Hatch Tribe.

I recently signed up to be a part of this community and it’s exactly what I have needed to not only connect with like-minded women, but also to help me learn, grow, and develop new business and personal relationships. I cannot wait to see what I learn this year and who I meet. The past few weeks have been all about putting myself out there; trying new things; and working on building myself personally and professionally, and I think joining this group is the step in the right direction.

I also am enjoying making new friendships online and in the Charleston community. YES, at 39 you can still make new friends...LOL! I am really looking forward to introducing you to Madison, who blogs at Sunny Thymes. We connected a few months ago, when she started creating recipes for NuttZo. I am a HUGE fan of granola and this one is a must if you are a peanut butter LOVER, like me. Check it out HERE and let me know if you make a batch. She is also going to be doing an interview with me to talk about the hot topic “Intuitive Eating”, so stay tuned for that in January.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Granola

What I am Eating - Whatever my body wants! But in all seriousness, my appetite is always changing. My cravings are always changing, although that heaping spoonful of NuttZo happens EVERY morning at some point. It’s a must. During the winter months, I definitely eat more sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, lots of APPLES, granola, and red meat. I definitely eat steak, hamburgers, and taco salads and it’s what my body needs. I need the iron and don’t ever trim the fat off the steak. And YES i eat carbs too, I just eat bread when I crave it. Since I don’t typically eat bread every day, I like to freeze bagels and baguettes in the freezer, so they don’t go bad.

Life Lately

What I am Working On - ME!!! Working on yourself is the hardest project. Owning up to your own shit. Admitting your faults. Putting it all out on the table and just doing it. Having meltdowns, getting frustrated, but more importantly moving forward. YEP...I’ve done it all, but I can honestly say that I have made major progress over the past few weeks. There was a turning point and I went for it! I felt the shift and the change in energy in myself. It is freaking AWESOME.

But it also helps that I have someone in my life who holds me accountable. Shannon does not sugar coat anything. He says it how it is, which I love about him. I appreciate his honesty and advice when it comes to personal and business issues. And let me just say that we are not perfect. We are both stubborn. We both are set in our ways. We have our moments and that is okay, because we are just growing and learning together. And there is no one else I would rather do it with. Life, work, and relationships take work, nurturing, and compassion. We are a team and as everyone knows a team has to work together to succeed.

Life Lately

Fitness - Lots of indoor workouts as it has been chilly in Charleston and I am a total wuss when it comes to training outside in cold weather. I have only done a few runs outside, because I am getting the itch to train for a half marathon. I miss that schedule and the Rock n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon is on the brain.

Otherwise, I have been doing spin at Methon Ride 2 - 3 times a week. Pivotal Fitness in Mount Pleasant for the StepMill and Treadmill. I have also been making sure to spend more time on strength training and it definitely feels good. LOTS of leg workouts are happening! I also like to grab some new workouts from these social media favorites (@jen_pbrunner and , when I am stuck in a rut and need some inspiration.)

Social Media - Do you follow me on Instagram? If not, come on over and join the party. Like I said earlier, I’ve been feeling inspired and motivated to focus more on ME as we charge into the New Year, so I am working on stepping outside of my comfort zones and just going for it.

One of those things is doing more LIVE stories...I have such a fear of being in front of the camera. I cannot stand public speaking. I get awkward talking and sweaty and ARGH it’s frustrating. And I have ALWAYS had this fear. But it’s time to put the big girl pants on and be fearless. And right now, I feel so comfortable in my skin and feel more confident than I have before, so it’s now or never and I’m ready!

WHEW...That’s all I have got friends! Cheers to December and the hustle and bustle of the holidays…I LOVE this time of year!


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SUMMER CORE WORKOUT SERIES

Summer is officially here, so I am going to be sharing a workout series that is PERFECT for getting your CORE ready for Summer. Yes, it is great to have a strong sexy core that looks good during the summer, because let’s admit it, we all wear a lot less clothing, and who doesn’t want to rock their swimsuit?!?!? But building a strong core is not just about the physical appearance. When your core is strong, your posture is better, your overall training is more efficient and effective, your daily activities are easier, and doing all those fun summer activities are a heck of a lot more fun.

SUMMER CORE WORKOUT SERIES

This core workout that I have put together for all of you is versatile, challenging, can be done anywhere, requires no equipment, and strengthens not just your core, but your entire beautiful body. A little-known fact about my workouts...I make sure that they are efficient and effective because I know how busy everyone is these days, so I make sure my workouts get the job done!

Here is what you need to do for this core workout series:

Crunches - Dig your heels into the ground, while keeping your arms straight and above your head. Keep it ALL engaged. Slowly come up to a seated position and then slowly lower back down. Inhale when you come up and exhale when you come down. 3x sets of 15 repetitions.

Side Plank with Hip Raises - Make sure that your wrists are aligned with your shoulder and your feet are stacked while keeping your legs engaged. Slowly lower your hips towards the ground and then slowly bring them back up. 3x sets of 15 repetitions on each side.

1 - Leg Crunches - Just like crunches, dig your heels into the ground, while keeping your arms straight and above your head. Keep it ALL engaged. Slow and steady wins the race with this move. 3x sets of 15 repetitions on each side.

Plank to Forearm Plank - Make sure that your wrists are aligned with your shoulders. Keep your legs engaged, neck in a neutral position, and suck that belly to the back of your spine. Slowly lower down to your forearms and then slowly come back up to plank position. 3x sets of 10 repetitions.

Here are my tips when doing this core workout series:

  1. Keep everything ENGAGED! This is key for not only strengthening your core but also for building your overall strength and balance.

  2. SLOW and STEADY! There is no need to rush through these moves. The slower you go, the more effective the move is, and the better the burn!

  3. Focus on your breathing...Remember to always exhale when you are going against gravity.

  4. Think outside the box! Do this workout all at once...Add one or two moves into your next strength training workout...Add more sets or repetitions depending on your strength and energy levels.

  5. DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!!!

Let me know how it goes and if you have any questions, feel free to ask! Cheers to summer and looking and feeling your best inside and out! ENJOY!!!

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

As y’all know, I love to RUN! I love to talk about my running adventures, my running schedule, my running goals, how I fuel for my runs, and how I incorporate yoga and strength training into my runs. I look forward to writing more about these topics and sharing with you tips, videos, and inspiration.

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

But let’s start with something more whimsical, like what exactly goes through my mind while I am hitting the pavement. Is it a random question? Not really, as I get asked it a lot and I find it fascinating what other athletes think about when they are training. We are all different and have different goals and training schedules, but finding what makes people tick and what keeps them motivated is really fascinating.

Random Note #1 – When I do my runs on the treadmill, I do not have these same thoughts, as I am just all about the workout…pushing myself…building strength…and yes just getting it done. Treadmills are not my choice of training, but when the weather is crap and you need to work on sprints, intervals, and hills, I opt for the treadmill. There are ZIP ZERO hills in Charleston!

Random Note #2 – I am a Pisces. I dream BIG. I am emotional, artistic, and intuitive. So when you read about my running thoughts, they are very relatable to my sign and who I truly am. Running is when I let myself DREAM!

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

1. LOVE – MY RELATIONSHIPS – This is probably the topic that I think about the most. I am obviously in a much different place than I was almost two years ago. I am no longer single and I am head over heels for someone. I spend a lot of time with this person and I would not have it any other way. He is very special to me and I am grateful that we met. That he is in my life. The things that he does for me on a daily basis. Oh geez, I could ramble on and on about this, but that story is for another time and post.

Those above thoughts…They go through my mind when I run! I daydream about the first time we met…The first date…The first kiss…The honeymoon stage…All of our trips. They make me smile when I run, so why wouldn’t I think about these things. I also have thoughts about the times we struggle, because as y’all know, no relationship is perfect. We have our moments. We have our disagreements. It’s called life. So YES, these thoughts also go through my mind.

How can I be a better partner?

Am I opening myself up to this person 100%?

Am I holding back with my thoughts, frustrations, opinions?

What am I afraid of?

There is no other place I would rather have these thoughts than on the open road. It’s the perfect place for me to just let it out. To figure it out. And then work through it, when I am ready.

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

2. HOW CAN I BE THE BEST VERSION OF ME – I am all about self-care and taking care of myself. It is important to be selfish when it comes to YOU. When we take care of ourselves emotionally, physically, and nutritionally we are a happier human. When we are a happier human, we give off good energy and attract good people and good opportunities.

Running is ME time. I like to run alone. I like to take that time to disconnect from the world, work, relationships, and focus on my thoughts, my body, my mind, and the good and the not so good. And just like with love and my relationships I think about topics like:

How can I better nourish my body when it comes to training?

How can I be more available to my friends?

How can I practice more self-love?

What holds me back from being 100% FEARLESS?

3. BUSINESS GOALS – I try not to let this topic take up too much of my running time, as it is probably the most stressful. I can be a worrier and I am scared shitless that I won't be successful. But I am beyond grateful to be working with an amazing woman; to have a support system that spreads across this country; to work with brands and influencers who are just BAD ASS!

I do notice that once I do start thinking about work, my running steps can get a little bit heavier and I probably start to scrunch up my face more, and the overall run just doesn’t seem as fun. It becomes more like work...HA! But business goals are part of life. It is my income. It is how I pay the bills and for all that food to fuel this body. So it is a hard topic to avoid.

4. NOTHING – My absolute favorite!!! It is that moment for me when I honestly forget that I was running. It is silent. My thoughts are silent. I am in the moment. I am in the zone. I am flying. It is that runner’s high and then POOF it is gone. For me, thinking about nothing typically lasts no longer than 5 minutes, but it is PURE BLISS and that feeling is why I continue to run. I live for that NOTHING moment.

What do you think about when you run?

What thoughts help you run fearless?

TAZIKI'S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE

Friends...I am so excited to share with you that I am partnering up with Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe here in South Carolina to help promote the restaurant...talk about their delicious and healthy menu...and share events, happenings, and why I frequent this restaurant twice a week. We spend a lot of time eating here and Shannon actually does their plumbing for both the location downtown and the one in Mount Pleasant, which is the one we go to ALL the time. It is a place where everyone knows our name and it is not a bad thing, I LOVE IT and I LOVE their food.

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

I was first introduced to Taziki’s thanks to Shannon about a year ago when we first started dating. I remember going after a long hot and humid run one evening sometime in May. I logged in some good miles, ran to his house, and then we drove to Taziki’s. I was a sweaty mess and starving...The story of my LIFE!

The atmosphere in the restaurant is clean, relaxing, inviting, and they have a great outdoor patio, which is always a nice option on those warm not too humid summer nights here in South Carolina. I like to meet friends here for lunch during the week and then Shannon and I typically do takeout on Friday or Sunday nights, because let’s face it, there are those nights toward the end of the week when the last thing you want to do is cook. And I like having a healthy and nourishing takeout option that is a mile away from my apartment.

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

What I love about the food from Taziki’s is that there lots of healthy options to satisfy all your taste buds!!! With the warmer temperatures, my body just wants salads, seafood, and lots of healthy fats. So what do I do...I listen to my body and feed it exactly that. My absolute FAVORITE salad to order at Taziki’s is the Mediterranean Salad with salmon. It is so FREAKING GOOD!!! And for those nights, when I am “hangry”, we will split an order of their crunchy seasoned pita chips with a side of tzatziki sauce. It’s perfect for dipping and for digging through that mile high salad.

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

I am trying to venture out and try their other options as there are so many choices, but I am a creature of habit, and when I know what I want, I go for it. I promise to all of YOU that I will start trying new things because with this new partnership, it is going to be about just that...having fun...and promoting a company that I truly love. All good stuff!!! Maybe next month, I will start trying their gyros!!!

If you have never heard of Taziki’s here is their story -

TAZIKI'S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE

In 1997, Keith Richards and his wife Amy were vacationing in Greece where they discovered small-table Mediterranean cafés where everyone in the community gathered together to connect around healthy flavors and to celebrate life! They enjoyed the food, but also observed a deeper kind of warmth and connection that moved them to say – “That’s what I want to spend my life doing.”  But how do you capture the feeling of family and friends around the table and the healthy Mediterranean lifestyle? Inspired, Keith and Amy returned home with a stack of photographs and a vision to import their experience by opening the first of many Mediterranean cafes in 1998.   They created a place free from the noise of the world and the fast pace of our busy lives.  They created a time to reconnect over refreshing Mediterranean flavors.  They designed a menu of interesting flavors real, home-made food.  Through all these years, and the addition of new Taziki’s across the country, they became a family of big-hearted foodies committed to making an impact in the community.

At Taziki’s, they embrace the “Mediterranean Lifestyle” which emphasizes:

  • Eating primarily plant-based foods

  • Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil

  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods

  • Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month

  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week

  • Enjoying meals with family and friends

  • Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)

  • Getting plenty of exercise!!!

I 100% agree with the “Mediterranean Lifestyle” and that is why I love to support Taziki’s. Make sure to learn more about the restaurant HERE and follow them on their social media channels:

Do you have a Taziki’s in your state?

Are you a fan of the “Mediterranean Lifestyle”?